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Hydrometeorological Activities

The law “On hydrometeorological activities of the Republic of Belarus” of 9 January 2006 defines hydrometeorological activities as activities in the area of meteorology, hydrology and related fields aimed at production of hydrometeorological information, provision of this information to state agencies and other organizations and individuals concerned, as well as works affecting meteorological and other geophysical processes.

Hydrometeorological activities of state and international importance are carried out by the State Hydrometeorological Service.

The State Hydrometeorological Service is a system of organizationally and functionally united entities or their structural subdivisions involved in hydrometeorological activities and reporting to the republican hydrometeorological agencies. The State Hydrometeorological Service comprises seven state-run organizations reporting to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection under the jurisdiction of the Hydrometeorology Department. They are as follows: Republican Hydrometeorological Center, Republican Aviation and Meteorological Center, Brest Oblast Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Center, Vitebsk Oblast Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Center, Gomel Oblast Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Center, Grodno Oblast Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Center, Mogilev Oblast Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Center named after O.Y. Shmidt.

The main objectives of the State Hydrometeorological Service are as follows:

  1. Primary hydrometeorological data collection at the state hydrometeorological monitoring network;
  2. Collection, processing, analysis, maintenance and provision of hydrometeorological information from the state hydrometeorological monitoring network;
  3. Hydrometeorological forecast, agricultural crop capacity forecast, analysis of regional climate changes;
  4. Provision of hydrometeorological information to state agencies, other entities and individuals in line with the established procedures;
  5. Organization of the Polar Regions studies.

For more information, please visit http://www.hmc.by/; http://pogoda.by/; http://meteoinfo.by/.